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RSS FeedsIndonesians Allowed to Officially Identify with Indigenous Faiths
(WorldNews Asia)


14 november 2017 17:13:36

Indonesians Allowed to Officially Identify with Indigenous Faiths
(WorldNews Asia)

Indonesia´s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that citizens can identify on their national ID cards with faiths outside the six religions officially recognized in the constitution. It is being hailed as a landmark decision for religious tolerance.  Indonesia has never been a completely secular country since its independence in 1945, but it has enshrined religious tolerance in its state ideology, known as Pancasila. But that tolerance was rather narrowly circumscribed, recognizing only six major religions - Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and Confucianism - and, in practice, specific strains of each of those. (Shiite and Ahmadiyya Muslims, for instance, have...
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